An Open Letter To All Social Media Platforms

[ written by Phil Bowyer ]

Please, for the love of all that’s unholy, stop using algorithms to control how content is seen.

It seems that somehow, in someway, which I do not understand, algorithms help me see things I want to see, while leaving out the things I don’t. But, you see, the problem here is, I want to see it all.

And, even if I didn’t, your algorithms get it wrong 100% of the time. And no, I’m not exaggerating. See, just because I comment on a post doesn’t mean I have an interest in that particular topic (or I’m a proponent of that topic), and putting more of that crap in my feed, and making group/Page/people suggestions based on that is just annoying.

But, beyond that, what you’re actually doing is preventing me from seeing what does interest me. So, really, all you’ve done is turn my feed into something that’s not well rounded and something that’s not all that interesting.

I want variety. I don’t want the same ol’ same ol’. I want to see the things I didn’t know I wanted to see. I want to experience.

I’m not alone in my thinking. There’s a petition to keep Instagram in chronological order. At the time of this writing, it has obtained over 56,000 signatures in about 24 hours.

Now, I get that some think these algorithms are great. That’s fine too. Everybody has a different approach to things, which brings me to a compromise.

Why not do both? Why not let people opt in to the algorithmic view of their stream, while letting the rest of us see all post in chronological order? This way, everybody is happy.

So, what do you think, masters of the social media platforms?